MiamiHerald / A powerful conservative group is pressing senators this week to back President Donald Trump’s effort to eliminated an unspent $15 billion in federal spending that Congress has already approved.

The Koch Brothers-aligned Americans for Prosperity is running digital ads urging reluctant Republicans and some vulnerable Democrats to back the “rescission package,” which cleared the House two weeks ago but faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

The White House estimated the package would save $15 billion over 10 years, but an estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office put the number at closer to $1 billion because much of the money has remained unspent by the agencies for years.

Still, Bill RIggs, a spokesman for Americans for Prosperity, called the package a “modest show of good faith to taxpayers who deserve more than the lip service they hear from both parties on fiscal responsibility.


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